Patagonian Crested Duck

(Lophonetta Specularioides Specularioides)

Appearance: - The Patagonian Crested Duck has a greyish face, dark-brown crown, grey crest, red eyes, black beak, pale neck, a mottled brown and grey body, dark tail, and dark grey or black legs and feet. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is 50-60cm (19-23in).

Food: - Aquatic invertebrates, insects, larvae, crustaceans, molluscs and some aquatic plants.

Habitat: - Marshlands, lakes, swamps, pools, and sheltered bays by the coast. This is a non-migratory duck that is found in South America - Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands.

Breeding Season: - January to March in Andes, October to December further south.

Eggs: - 5 to 8 (cream colour).

Notes: - The Patagonian Crested Duck is sometimes called the Southern Crested Duck or Grey Duck in the Falkland Islands. This duck along with the rarer Andean Duck are considered sub-species of the Crested Duck. The Patagonian Crested Duck is not endangered and there are thought to be 10,000 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands alone.

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Genus: Lophonetta.

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